Having found a chink in the TV’s picture armour, I also need to discuss a couple more. The biggest issue (considering this TV’s premium status) is the appearance of faint backlight blooming and blocking around objects during extremely high-contrast HDR scenes. This can extend over quite large parts of the image at times, as you’d expect from the relatively limited number of dimming zones the TV deploys. In fact, it’s probably a testament to Samsung’s outstanding dimming system management that the backlight blooming isn’t more pronounced.
That said, its impact occasionally distracts during high-contrast scenes that contain a lot of motion. And if you’re watching a wider than 1.85:1 aspect ratio film, the blooming effect can momentarily creep into the black bars above and below the picture”
All told, I had the receiver out of the box and fully operation in less than half an hour, and that includes adding it to my Control4 system. As with all network capable AVRs from Denon these days, the X4500H supports Control4 SDDP (Simple Device Discovery Protocol), which means that its IP driver auto-identified itself from within the Control4 Composer Pro programming software, and I didn’t have to worry about setting a static IP.
One other nice touch is that the receiver came out of the box with IP control engaged (something you used to have to hunt and peck for). I also just as quickly set up the HEOS module and drivers for Control4, and had a fully functional AV system and multiroom streaming music system connected and configured in less time than it takes to prepare a proper bowl of stone-ground grits.”
The 606 standmount speakers demonstrated all these attributes, and proved extremely adept when it came to music replay. However, if you’re looking for a system that can handle music and movies in equal measure, then you might want to consider the 603 floorstanders at £1,250 a pair.
Listening to David Bowie’s performance from the 2000 Glastonbury Festival (CD), the 606 standmounts displayed a delicious musicality and handled the live recording with an enjoyable sense of accuracy and space. It sounded pretty much like being there, and I should know because I was.